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Mr. Beriker

John Beriker

Executive Chef, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

John Beriker is the executive chef at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa directing the food and beverage programs at each of the hotel's four restaurants including Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood, The Mission Inn Restaurant, Las Campanas, and Bella Trattoria, as well as catering for banquets, weddings, meetings and events, and in-room dining for the 238-room boutique hotel. He aims to further enhance guests' dining experiences from preparation to plate, sourcing the most fresh and interesting ingredients and produce found at California farms. Each dish reflects elevated techniques, drawing upon practices developed over his 25 years of experience working for acclaimed restaurants and hotels around the world. Under the guidance of renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Marie Josselin, Mr. Beriker rose to success from humble beginnings as a line chef at a 5-star restaurant within a 260-room hotel in New Jersey to developing a well-recognized fusion of classical French and modern California cuisine. Mr. Beriker spent time at famed restaurants including Spago before owning and operating his own restaurants, Rustica in Beverly Hills and B Restaurant & Bar in Idaho. The seasoned chef has received critical acclaim while serving as executive chef at notable restaurants across the world, including “Best Restaurant of the Year” in Singapore by the Ministry of Tourism in addition to “Best New Chef of the Year” in Hamburg, Germany by the French Restaurant Guide Gault Millau. Following his international residency, Mr. Beriker joined The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, where he penned “The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Cookbook” featuring signature recipes celebrated at the boutique hotel. Since then, he managed the culinary program of the busiest and largest Hyatt Regency in Texas, an 800-room property.

Please visit http://www.missioninn.com for more information.

Mr. Beriker can be contacted at 951-784-0300 or john@beriker.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.